Servi-Tech’s Dodge City Laboratory will host a celebration and open house on Thursday, Sept. 21 to mark its 40th anniversary of doing business.

"These days, businesses seem to come and go quickly," said Greg Ruehle, president and CEO. "Servi-Tech has grown from very humble beginnings in Dodge City to the largest independent crop consulting and agricultural lab business in the country."

Forty years ago, Servi-Tech, a company that was just 2 years old at the time, opened a laboratory to test soil samples from area farmers.

Servi-Tech Labs has now grown to approximately 80 employees in three locations: Dodge City; Hastings, Nebraska; and Amarillo, Texas.

Servi-Tech Labs in Dodge City would like to invite the public to the 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

"We would especially like to invite local and statewide dignitaries, current and former customers and former employees to attend," said Ruehle. "The Servi-Tech Board of Directors will also be on hand throughout the day."

Servi-Tech will give tours of the laboratory, have old photos and brochures on display, and will have a short program recognizing this anniversary. Lunch will also be provided.

"This is an achievement and a major milestone," said Randy Royle, chief laboratory officer. "We want to make sure all of our customers know about our celebration on September 21.

"The success in our business is due to their trust and loyalty to Servi-Tech."

Servi-Tech, the country’s largest agronomic firm, was organized in 1975 by three farmer-owned

cooperatives to provide technical service for agricultural producers in southwest Kansas. Today,

Servi-Tech provides consulting to approximately 2,000 farmers across seven states and almost 1

million acres. Servi-Tech Laboratories has agricultural customers in all 50 states and more than

six countries.